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Health Education Courses


Health Education is designed to move away from the pragmatic notion of Health as primarily prevention of disease, and toward a more balanced view of participation in activities and ways of living that generate quality health. These activities are physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual involvements which enhance one's being or capacity to actualize.
With continued scientific advances being made daily, the focus of health is on a positive as a quality of response to a life situation. Health Education is designed to help people evaluate strategies intended to foster and maintain desirable health behavior which can increase the enjoyment of life.

Health Education



This fundamental course, covers a broad spectrum of health-related topics to make students aware of the causes of mental and physical illnesses and their prevention, and demonstrates how lifestyle, perceptions, and decisions affect health. Guidelines and criteria presented to determine good mental, emotional, and physical health. Opportunities for personal assessment.
*HPE 12 REQUIRED OF ALL students except students majoring in Nursing and in Vessel Operations.

Principles of physical fitness are taught. Students undergo a battery of fitness tests and develop a personal fitness program.

Skills required to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (external cardiac massage and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation). Students successfully completing the course receive American Red Cross certificates.

+ HE 33 -- STRESS MANAGEMENT (2 crs. 2 hrs.)
To help students understand and cope more effectively with stress in their daily lives, course topics include: causes, components and consequences of stress; how to measure stress; strategies/techniques to control stress.

+ HE 34 - Survey Holistic Health Care: The synthesis of conventional healing traditions will be a standard practice in America in the 21st century. This course will investigate popular alternative health care therapies, including but not limited to mind/body interventions, manual healing, diet, nutrition and lifestyle changes, with an emphasis on understanding the theory, research, materials and methodologies that underlie these different approaches to healing and wellness. Hands-on practice and demonstrations of select therapies will be included to help students assess the safety and efficacy of each technique

+ HE 35 -- FIRST AID and PERSONAL SAFETY (2 crs. 2 hrs.)
Principles for first aid and personal safety in terms of theory and practice of first aid procedures. Qualified students receive American Red Cross Certification. Course fulfills the safety and first aid requirement for those contemplating a teaching career.

+ HE 36 -- MARINE SAFETY and FIRST AID* (3 crs. 4 hrs.)
Provides knowledge and skills necessary to meet emergency medical situations and implement appropriate safety measures in a marine environment. Course completion can qualify students for American Red Cross Certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid.
*Required of Marine Technology Majors - Prerequisite: Department permission

+ HE 40 -- DRUGS: the INDIVIDUAL and SOCIETY (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Provides students with an opportunity to gain a deeper perspective into the psychology of the dependent personality, reasons for drug use, misuse, abuse, and possible solutions.

+ HE 50 - Weight Management: The epidemic of obesity in America contributes to premature morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes. Using the class discussion, reading assignments, behavioral self-monitoring logs, and in-class physical activity, students will design a weight management program that emphasizes healthy food choices and consistent patterns of physical activity.

+ HE 52 -- HUMAN SEXUALITY (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Information on the biological basis of sex, sexual behavior, sexual problems, sex therapy, and the social aspects of sexuality in an atmosphere conducive to free expression and inquiry.

(2crs. 3 hrs.)
This course will investigate popular alternative health care therapies, including but not limited to mind/body interventions, manual healing, diet, nutrition and lifestyle changes, with an emphasis on understanding the theory, research, materials and methodologies that underlie these different approaches to healing and wellness.

HE 82 -- (1-3 crs. 1-3 hrs.)
This course is of a topical and pilot nature and is designed to meet the immediate needs and interests of various student populations. It is
offered for a maximum of two semesters.


Physical Education Courses

The objectives of the Physical Education
Program at KCC are concerned with the development of motor skills, physical fitness, creative and artistic expression, knowledge and understanding of human movement, and knowledge and understanding of the self through movement. Our aim is to
encourage students to participate in activities on an ongoing basis.
Our program offers opportunities for male and female students of all ages. It provides an experiential laboratory where students can integrate movement with concept, and emotion with expression, direction and discipline. Special programs of activity are designed to meet the needs of students with physical limitations. Intramural programs and interscholastic meets are provided for those who seek recreation or enrichment in a particular area.


Physical Education


Course Information
All Physical Education courses include the fundamental development of specifically related rules and history, skills and techniques, strategy and
game experience. Fitness and lifetime carry-over values are inherent within course content. No credit will be given for repeating a course previously passed. Students should not ordinarily carry more than one Physical Education course per semester.

Medical Clearance
Neither the College nor the Department assumes any responsibility for students' participation in physical education or in athletics. Students, faculty and staff participate at their own risk. All Physical Education, athletic and recreation participants are strongly advised to have a medical check-up before participating in physical activities, and to follow the advice of their own physicians. Medical report forms are available in the
Health Services Office -- Room A-108.

Co-educational Activities

+ PEC 2 -- WALK, JOG, RUN (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
Introduction to the principles and practices for assessing and improving cardiovascular fitness.

To meet the needs of students who have medical restrictions on the extent of physical activity permitted, the modified program includes general
and specific conditioning, individual and dual activities, team sports, rhythmic activities and outdoor recreation.
Prerequisite: Open only to selected students screened by the Health Services Office, course advisors and the College physician.

+ PEC 4 -- TRAINING with WEIGHTS (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
Study of weight training techniques to increase muscle strength and endurance in relation to various sports activities and to improve physical

+ PEC 5 -- BODY BUILDING (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
Increases knowledge and appreciation of the physical attributes involved in body building. Course covers beginning, intermediate and advanced training techniques to increase muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and to improve physical appearance as desired.

To increase muscle strength, endurance and cardio-respiratory efficiency, students learn to create individualized exercise prescriptions based on specific physiological needs. The anatomy and kinesiology of the systems and muscles unique to weight training are discussed.
Students who completed PEC 4 will not receive credit for this course.

+ PEC 11 -- BEGINNING TENNIS (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
Basic tennis skills develop appreciation of tennis as a lifetime sport. Students learn forehand and backhand drives, Beginner's Serve, service return, volley, rules of the singles and doubles game and an understanding of fundamental techniques and basic strategies.
(Students must supply their own rackets and tennis balls).

PEC 12 -- INTERMEDIATE TENNIS (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
Introduction to intermediate tennis skills; the lob, mid-court volley, flat and slice serves, ball spin, and use of offensive strategy in competition.
(Students must supply their own rackets and tennis balls).
Prerequisite: PEC 11 or Department permission.

+ PEC 15 -- BADMINTON (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
Basic skills play, knowledge of rules, offensive and defensive strategy.

+ PEC 17 -- BASIC VOLLEYBALL (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
Beginner-intermediate level: rules, basic individual skills, offensive/defensive systems, team coordination, training, conditioning, prevention of injury, evaluation of performance.

+ PEC 19 -- AEROBIC DANCE (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
A fitness program that combines vigorous calisthenics exercises with dance steps to music for improved cardiovascular endurance, muscle toning and flexibility.

+ PEC 20 -- BEGINNER'S BALLET (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
Introduction to principles and techniques include exercises and movement combinations to develop body alignment, endurance, strength, and
fluidity of movement.

+ PEC 21 -- JAZZ DANCE (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
Introduction to basic jazz-dance techniques includes explanation of percussive movements and combinations of movements based on the forms which lead to various styles.

This course should be taken for pleasure, for exercise benefits typical of dancing, and as a preparation for participation in dance as an on-going, lifetime recreational activity. As the dances are learned, steps and patterns, rhythms, movements and music are introduced.

+ PEC 24 -- SKIING (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
The basic concepts of skiing: cross country, downhill, ski equipment purchase and maintenance, costs of skiing, conditioning exercises and places to ski. The course includes a ski trip to a local ski area. (Costs for activity must be paid by students.)

+ PEC 25 -- TAI CHI CHUAN (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
The Short Form (Yang Style) of Tai Chi Chuan - a slow, precise, non-strenuous rhythmical movement pattern for exercise. meditation, and self-defense. Appropriate for all ages.

+ PEC 26 -- GOLF (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
Emphasis is on mechanics of movement involved in the performance of the following basic fundamental skills: Basic Swing, Short and Long Irons, Woods, and Putting.

+ PEC 27 -- BEGINNING KARATE and SELF-DEFENSE (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
Introduction to formal Karate and practical self-defense techniques. History and background, fundamental stances, blocks, punches, kicks, conditioning, safety, methods of avoidance and personal self-defense movements, oriental tradition (Karate costumes, respect and Buddhist

Advanced stances, blocks, punches, kicks, conditioning, stretching exercises, advanced self-defense techniques, semi and pre-arranged and free style fighting technique, includes introduction into formal competition.
Prerequisite: PEC 27

+ PEC 29 -- INTRODUCTION to HATHA YOGA (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
Principles and practices for beginners, slow motion stretching, deep breathing, relaxation.

+ PEC 30 -- SWIMMING for NON-SWIMMERS and BEGINNERS (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
Basic skills to swim properly. Special attention given to non-swimmers who learn in shallow water. At the end of the course students will be able to jump or dive into the water, swim in a prone position and on the back.

PEC 31 -- LIFE GUARDING (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
The knowledge and skills necessary to safely assist, and/or effect water rescues, and supervise swimmers in a safe environment. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to pass both written examination and skills test.
Pre or co-requisites: Swimming skills equivalent to American Red Cross Swimmer Course, Standard First and CPR skills.

PEC 32 -- WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
The skills necessary to teach swimming and water safety courses as offered by the American Red Cross. At the conclusion students will be able to pass both a written examination and a skills test.
Prerequisites: Valid American Red Cross Advanced Lifesaving Certificate and either an American Red Cross Swimmer Certificate or the
ability to perform skills in the swimmer course

PEC 33 -- SWIMMING for FITNESS (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
An opportunity to improve cardiovascular fitness. Emphasis is on swimming efficiently and on swimming long distances.
Limited to Deep-Water Swimmers

+ PEC 38 -- MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUES (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
The fundamental principles of various schools of modern dance, includes analysis of movement, conditioning techniques, and basic combinations.

+ PEC 39 -- MODERN DANCE COMPOSITION (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
Ideas and movement forms; systematic creativity through improvisation studies, formal compositions, and critical appraisal presented through experimentations with time, space, rhythm and correlations to art, poetry and music.

For individuals who have not exercised in years and would like to start again. How to get started and what to do.

PEC 41 -- INTERMEDIATE SWIMMING (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
The elements of good swimming and a variety of skills are taught. Students practice parts of strokes as well as whole stroking movements.
Prerequisite: Ability to swim safely in deep water

+ PEC 42 -- SQUARE DANCE (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
A one-semester foundation program for learning the basic program of American Square Dancing as specified by CALLERLAB and the International Association of Square Dance Callers.

PEC 50 -- DANCE PRODUCTION (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
Workshops, choreography and performance. To enhance their primary focus students also give time and effort in technical theatre production and publicity. Students can earn up to a total of four credits (one each semester) for successful contribution in a particular area of the dance

PEC 65 -- AQUA EXERCISE (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
An overview of the scope of fitness attainable from a regulated program of exercising in water. Development of muscular strength, flexibility and increased aerobic capacity (endurance) is stressed in aqua aerobics and water exercise.

PEC 66 -- INTERMEDIATE HATHA YOGA (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
For students with prior Hatha Yoga experience, techniques for deepening practice of classical yoga postures. The relationship between yoga and health, nutrition, sports and the arts are explored.
Prerequisite: PEC 29 or permission of instructor

PEC 68 -- COMPETITIVE TENNIS (1 cr. 2 hrs.)
For students who possess advanced tennis skills and wish to improve or apply them in varsity level competition.
Prerequisite: PEC 12, or permission of instructor

PEC 82 -- (1-3 crs. 1-3 hrs.)
This course is of a topical and pilot nature and is designed to meet the immediate needs and interests of various student populations. It is offered for a maximum of two semesters.

Following PEM and PEW courses meet for 2 hours a week and earn 1 credit each semester.

Men's Activities

+ PEM 2 -- BASEBALL (Spring)
To develop individual and team techniques involved in "College Baseball". Conditioning, sportsmanship, team play, appreciation of the game and its rules, and other benefits.

History, rules and regulations of football. Individual and team skills and strategies.

Various aspects of basketball include: basic skills, practice drills, individual and team responsibilities in man-to-man and zone defenses, offenses against man-to-man and zone defenses, coaching techniques and basketball strategy.

+ PEM 6 -- SOFTBALL (Spring)
Individual and team skills developed to successfully compete is emphasized. Concomitant values include: conditioning, appreciation of team play and sportsmanship, knowledge of history and rules.

Soccer, the fastest growing team sport in the country, can be played by both sexes and all ages. Technical development, tactical understanding and appreciation of the popular sport.

PEM 82 -- (1-3 crs. 1-3 hrs.)
This course is of a topical and pilot nature and is designed to meet the immediate needs and interests of various student populations. It is offered for a maximum of two semesters.

Women's Activities

Each student is guided to self-appraisal of her body shape, body function and ability to relax. Exercise programs help attain desired goals for improving or maintaining a positive self-image.

Learn about Basketball, develop individual skills required to participate successfully and learn strategies necessary for team play.

Throwing, catching, batting and running skills are developed so the game of softball can be played with enjoyment and satisfaction. Strategies of play and rules of the game.

Introduction to the techniques of a highly skilled game of volleyball called power volleyball, including history, rules, scoring, terminology, general conditioning, individual volleyball skills, team play elements, specific offense and defense tactics.


EXS 500 - Introduction to Exercise Science
This course is an introduction to the Exercise Science Major. An overview of the professions and academic disciplines related to exercise science will be covered, along with the education and experience required for entry level and advanced positions within the field. The course will also introduce the scientific method and its relevance to the study and practice of exercise science and the ethical and legal responsibilities of an exercise science professional.

Methods to assess individual health status and risk factors prior to initiating an exercise program. Techniques for assessing the components of physical fitness, including cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular fitness, flexibility, and body composition. Using objective and subjective information, design safe and effective exercise programs for apparently healthy adults.
Pre-requisite: EXS 500


EXS 01500 – Lifetime Strength and Flexibility(3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Methods and techniques for designing and implementing muscular fitness training programs, the use of various modalities designed for improving muscular fitness and how to modify these activities in response to the changes encountered throughout an individual's lifetime.
Pre-requisite: EXS 500

EXS 09100 -- FIELD EXPERIENCE IN EXERCISE SCIENCE (3 crs. 1 class hour plus 100 field hours)
Supervised fieldwork in a commercial or corporate fitness center.
Prerequisites: EXS 01300, EXS 01500
Open only to Exercise Science majors. Hours to be arranged by the Exercise Science Department

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